Jeff Raikes is co-founder, with his wife Tricia, of the Raikes Foundation, which works toward a just and inclusive society, where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. The foundation focuses on youth-serving systems, seeking to make them work better on behalf of the most marginalized young people in our society. Based in Seattle, the Raikes Foundation focuses on using the science of learning and development to advance more equitable learning environments; preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness; and improving the quality of expanded learning programs. The foundation recently launched an initiative focused on increasing the impact of giving by individual donors.
From 2008 to 2014, Jeff was the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was responsible for setting strategic priorities, monitoring results, and facilitating relationships with key partners for all of the foundation’s program groups including global development, global health and the U.S. program, which focuses on education and global policy. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Jeff was a member of Microsoft’s senior leadership team, which set overall strategy and direction for the company. Before joining Microsoft in 1981, Jeff was a software development manager at Apple Computer, Inc.
Brandon A. Lee, Consul General of Canada, “Technology and the State of the World: A View From Canada”
Brandon Lee was appointed as Consul General of Canada in Seattle in 2017, with accreditation for Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. He joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) in 2004. With a background leading management and innovation, Mr. Lee has held several executive and management positions within the department.
From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Lee oversaw reform activities to strengthen Canada’s international presence and became the Department’s first Director of Innovation.
Jim Olson, MD, PhD, Sarah Hughes Chair for Pediatric Oncology, Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Attending Physician, Seattle Children’s Hospital & Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington, “From Scorpions to Sunflowers: Tapping into Nature for Cancer, Arthritis, and Other Drugs”
As a physician-scientist, Dr. Olson cares for children with brain tumors and conducts research that focuses on discovering and developing new cancer therapies. His lab’s work has led to more than a dozen national clinical trials, of which he leads a Phase III trial through the Children’s Oncology Group.
Bill McSherry was named to his position at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in June 2014. He is responsible for Commercial Airplanes’ state and local operations in the Northwest and South Carolina regions. He leads a team of specialists who manage relationships with elected officials and business leaders, advocate for key issues that advance Boeing’s business objectives, and find philanthropic opportunities to give back to the communities where Commercial Airplanes employees live and work.
Prior to his current assignment, McSherry was director of State & Local Government Operations in the Northwest region. In that capacity, he was responsible for the company’s government relations strategy and Northwest network, which covers Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii.
Bishop Edward A. Smith, Zoe Christian Fellowship, “Helping Abandoned Former Foster Youth, a Collaborative Approach”
Edward A. Smith was born in Los Angeles, California. He received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in February 1973. He spent the first eleven years of his Christian life sitting under the teaching ministry of Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, Founder/Pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center, Los Angeles, California.
Edward Smith spent seven years as an instructor of Zoe Christian Leadership Training Center and served as an Elder and Executive Board member under the tutelage of Bishop Frank L. Stewart. Pastor Ed was ordained into the gospel ministry by Bishop Stewart in November 1982. In 1986 Bishop Stewart was led by the Lord to finance Pastor Ed and Vanessa’s first overseas missions’ trip. Bishop Stewart was also instrumental in preparing Pastor Ed for ministry, which led to Pastor Ed starting Zoe Christian Fellowship of Cerritos in 1989. This would be the first church plant to come from Zoe Christian Fellowship of Los Angeles with a prominent focus on missions’ outreach. In 1995, Pastor Ed and the members of Zoe moved to their present church complex in Whittier, thereby becoming Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier.
Todd Humphrey, Senior Vice President, Digital & Fan Experience, NHL Seattle, “NHL Seattle: Hockey + Technology + Fan Experience”
The NHL’s 32nd franchise will take the ice in October 2021, returning professional hockey to Seattle. At NHL Seattle, Todd Humphrey is responsible for all technology that will be integrated into the New Arena At Seattle Center, the Northgate Headquarters and practice facility, and the NHL Team. He is also responsible for Fan Experience at the New Arena for hockey, concerts, basketball, and other events.
Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature for the NPR/public radio stations of the Pacific Northwest, including KUOW and KNKX in the Seattle/Tacoma market. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW’s (the C‑SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program “Inside Olympia.”
Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland, and Boise.
David Laub began his career with Arthur Andersen, in Seattle, where he worked in the audit division for 13 years, specializing in telecommunications and privately held corporations. He left Andersen to run an international fishing organization for 10 years. He was the CFO worldwide, with offices in Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; Toronto, Canada; London, U.K.; Lisbon, Portugal; Moscow, Russia; Vladivostok, Russia; and headquartered in Kirkland, WA. He was the President of the U.S. operations.
For the past 10 years, David has acted as a CFO for many tech companies. Currently he is CFO of Cell Systems (Kirkland, WA), Native Network (Wenatchee, WA) and Valley Cold Storage (Burlington, WA). He is on the board of directors/advisors of Arena Sports, 2 bar Spirits, Sports IT, and Polaera.
Dr. J. David Hawkins, Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington, “Prevention Science: Neglected Key to Stopping the Opioid Epidemic”
Dr. J. David Hawkins is Endowed Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington. He received his BA in 1967 from Stanford University and his PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1975. His research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He seeks to identify risk and protective factors for health and behavior problems across multiple domains; to understand how these factors interact in the development of healthy behavior and the prevention of problem behaviors. He develops and tests prevention strategies which seek to reduce risk through the enhancement of strengths and protective factors in families, schools, and communities.
Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State — from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz is committed to ensuring our public lands are healthy and productive, both today and for future generations.
Commissioner Franz is leading the push to make Washington’s lands resilient in the face of climate change, investing in carbon sequestration and clean energy with wind, solar, and geothermal infrastructure.
Joe Fain is the President and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber. He previously served two terms in the Washington State Senate, where he worked extensively on economic development, transportation, and education issues. Fain has also worked at the University of Washington office of technology transfer and commercialization, and as a deputy prosecutor for King County.
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead!” “I’ll pull an all-nighter!” There are many examples in our culture about the need for sleep being a weakness and something to be resisted. Some people admire those who can operate with little sleep, and consider people who get enough sleep “lazy.” But recent science is revealing the real reasons why we sleep and the physical and mental benefits that good sleep provides.
Armen Stein, Founder and President of J Street Technology, will review the latest findings ,and show you how getting enough sleep will enhance your health and work.
John D. Deehr, CAPT USN(RET), Senior Naval Science Instructor, Liberty High School Naval Junior ROTC, “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today”
Captain John Deehr is a native of Warren, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, in 1982. He joined the Navy in 1985 and received his commission through Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island in February 1986.
During his thirty years of active duty service, Captain Deehr served on board six different surface ships, in various positions, including executive as officer of USS Ogden (LPD 5) and USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and commanding officer of USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
David Setford, Executive Director, Tacoma Art Museum, “Tacoma Art Museum’s Upcoming Exhibition Season: America’s Favorite Animated Family, the French Impressionists, and the WPA”
As the Executive Director of the Tacoma Art Museum, Setford brings over 30 years of experience in museums and other arts organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom as a curator, director/administrator, and fundraiser. With an entrepreneurial and community-driven approach, Setford has also been instrumental in organizing exhibitions on a diverse array of iconic artists such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gordon Parks, Frida Kahlo, and Andrew Wyeth, as well as Northwest artists Jacob Lawrence and Dale Chihuly.
Bill was born in Seattle and attended Washington State University. He comes from a Rotary family — his grandfather was a distinguish Rotarian with Seattle 4 — so, in 1985, when Bill was invited to join the Rotary Club of Kirkland, he joyfully accepted. Bill was only 31 then, but he remembers the conversations and voting for women in Rotary and Polio Plus.
In 1990, Bill left “Wall Street” and decided to start his own company. Due to business requirements, he reluctantly left Rotary. In 1998, after relocating his firm closer to his home, he joined the Rotary Club of Mill Creek. Bill has held various Club and District positions and is a Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society member. His passion is helping other Rotarians follow their passion.
Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988, and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management, and business leadership roles. He played an important role as a marketing leader in the successful development of the Microsoft Office business, and subsequently led the creation and development of the Xbox business where he served as the Chief Xbox Officer. Robbie retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the company’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division. Robbie now works as a Civic Engineer with corporate, philanthropic, and civic organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. In 2015, Robbie completed his first book, “Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.”
Stephanie Bowman currently serves as President of the Port of Seattle Commission. She is also the Executive Director of Washington ABC, a statewide nonprofit organization promoting policies and programs to help economically-disadvantaged communities build assets through investments in education, home ownership, savings, and small business development.
Stephanie has more than 18 years of experience working in the areas of transportation and economic development on the local, state, and federal levels, including at the Port of Tacoma and Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
Kevin Ticen, Author, “When It Mattered Most — The Forgotten Story of America’s First Stanley Cup, and the War to End All Wars”
In “When It Mattered Most,” Author Kevin Ticen tells an inspiring story of the first American team to win the Stanley Cup, a feat largely lost to history. In the winter of 1917, as Europe spiraled rapidly out of control and pulled the U.S. into the greatest conflict the world had ever seen, a talented band of athletes in the Pacific Northwest fought to turn themselves into an elite team. That elite team would battle the looming war, their own insecurities, and fierce opponents on both coasts of Canada to captivate a community and journey toward hockey immortality. “When It Mattered Most” breathes life into the humanity and times of a remarkable team during a monumental 18‑month period of world history.
Ed Lein, Allen Brain Institute, “New Technologies Driving Breakthroughs in Understanding Human Brain Complexity in Health and Disease”
Ed Lein is an Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. He received a B.S. in biochemistry from Purdue University, a Ph.D. in neurobiology from UC Berkeley, and performed postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Dr. Lein joined the Allen Institute in 2004 and has been a leader in the creation of new large-scale maps of the brain, created as open access resources for the community. He currently leads efforts to develop new high-throughput and high resolution technologies to understand the fine structure and function of the human brain that can be applied to study brain diseases as well.
Ever since graduating (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law, Rajiv Nagaich has been committed to the goal of having a practice that encompasses so much more than just legal planning. He believes that clients do not come to Elder Law practices to ensure that their ailing loved ones die with the biggest possible bank accounts.
Rather, clients hire Elder Law attorneys to make sure that their loved ones can live as good a life as is possible under the circumstances, without trampling their families under the weight of their care-giving duties. This practice area is about helping people with issues related to the healthcare, housing, financial, and legal arenas.
Elder Law attorneys recognize that aging is a family affair, and that proper planning must involve getting the family involved as soon as possible in their loved one’s planning process. Rajiv calls this LifePlanning.